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You have your plant, it’s beautiful, and it is perfectly placed in its ahhhh spot. And you want it to thrive. But there’s more than just the right spot. After all, we’ve taken these living organisms and placed them inside our homes; we’ve limited the flow of nutrients they would get from rai…

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I thought this column would be a no-brainer: tell of kindnesses that have done to and for me, say thank you again and give my recipe that I have already chosen. Things don’t work that way for me. I have already deleted the column two times: too wordy, no direction, subjects all over the plac…

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Maybe you're one of those people who can't stomach the thought of a meal the first thing in the morning, or maybe you've become accustomed to running on vats of coffee instead of a healthy breakfast. Sometimes traditional breakfast foods sound kind of blah. Who made the rules on breakfast fo…

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School property taxes across Wisconsin rose by more than $220 million on December 2019 tax bills, which suggests — when combined with increases in county and technical college district levies — that Wisconsin residents could see their largest property tax increase in a decade.

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How many of us are “on a diet” these days? I crack up when I notice that someone who is on a diet and supposed to be eating something healthy and nutritious, are actually ruining their health by eating something labeled “healthy alternatives.”

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Congratulations, you’ve survived another turn of the calendar.

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Hot pot dinner is one of my most favorite meals. Now that the weather is getting cold(er), it is time! What makes cooking hot pot exciting is not just about the gathering and feasting, but it is an event indeed.

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The Cambridge Food Pantry & Resource Center is open for shopping every Monday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Guests are invited to shop every other Monday. Donation hours are Monday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Thursday 8:00 a.m. till 3 p.m. The Food Pantry is …

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Piano students of Patricia Cook shared their Christmas music with the residents at Home Again Assisted Living. Shown are (from row, left to right) Paul Kressner, Griffin Sullivan, Aurora Sullivan and Veronica Kressner; and (back row, left to right) Shawnee Sullivan and Patricia Cook.

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Some of us have had different types of flu, bronchitis, what acts like whooping cough, pneumonia, senior croup, infant croup and any number of illnesses that knock the wind out of your sails and brings you to your knees.

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A new year brings about a desire for change, so let's start with your health! When it comes to our daily meal routine, change can sometimes be challenging. Studies have shown that it takes from two to eight months to form a new habit. You can create a positive eating "habit" by making small …

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We all have plans in life, some big and aspirational, others small yet satisfying. But life, well, life likes to take our plans and laugh heartily at our optimistic intentions. Despite well-laid plans for my garden, this column, and other pursuits this past year, life put my plans on a big o…

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The start of a new year means that many students are headed back to college. One of the downsides of college life is the dreaded "freshman 15" -- the extra pounds that many students gain from poor eating habits. Establishing good eating habits as a college student may help form the basis for…

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This is the time of year when many people start diets. But after a few weeks of not getting enough to eat or eating food that does not taste good, most dieters give up, having "failed" once again. The truth is, though, it is the diets that are the failures, not the people who try them.

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And here it is: 2020. The years, they fly by. They seem to go faster every year. The first new year after I was born, I don’t remember because my birthday is in July. I was just a babe that December of 1937.

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December 26 has become one of my favorite days. For some years now, my daughter Tracy, who lives on Lake Koshkonong, has hosted Christmas Eve. There is the traditional food: kielbasa and sauerkraut, deviled eggs, shrimp and many other goodies.

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It's that time of year when we think about changes we want to make in our lives. For many people, those resolutions include a vow to eat healthy, exercise and/or lose weight.

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I can tell you about the old biddy because it was me. (You notice I said was).

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For a semi-retired guy, I can’t believe just how busy I’m getting. I expected to sit on the porch, sipping tea or beer, depending on what time of the day it is, and watch the sunrise or sunset. Does beer go with sunrise or sunset? I’m still deciding.

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My mother made a fruitcake every Christmas to give as a gift for my paternal grandmother. The cake was stored in a corner of the refrigerator for weeks, marinating in an alcohol-infused mixture. Even though I'm well known for my love of sweets, that green and red candied fruit-studded, boozy…

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The Cambridge Area Lions Club recently donated $1,000 to the Cambridge Food Pantry, in addition to $955 that was collected by individual members, for a total of $1,955. Shown from left to right are: Lions Club members Erica Thompson, Joe and Carol Sapienza, Gary Posorske and Dixie Kasmar; Fo…

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The girls now keep the tradition going. Kelly is the hostess. She makes the turkey, her signature taco chip dip and corn pudding.